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  1. #1
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    1837 SLAVE TAG & Rev War PEWTER!

    Hey guys,

    Been overseas for 2 weeks and have been itching to get back to the lowcountry and knock the dust of the CTX. While I would have been perfectly happy to walk away with a flat button, I could never have predicted a night like this. This particular site has proven to be a great spot to meet other diggers on TNet. Over the course of the last month, we have had multiple group hunts with amazing success. Affectionately known as the watermelon patch, the dirt is packed with 300 years of history and continues to produce. The evening started out as most do, surface pottery, glass, and brick shards- the normal indicators for a killer site. Given the volume of targets and age of the site, everything dug ends up in my pouch for later identification. After arriving home I had no idea what I had dug. As I was working through my round stuff pocket, I noticed the familiar look of pewter. While only a partial, I carefully tooth picked away the corrosion hoping for a design of some sort...6...7!

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    First Revolutionary War button of 2016, and finally an end to a 1 year regimental drought. Curiously, the 67th Regiment of Foot did not serve in North America during the war although 1 other example is noted in Troiani's book as being recovered in SC. Perhaps the soldier was attached to another unit during the occupation.

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    At this point I am already running around the kitchen, until I notice a familiar shape in the misc pocket-rectangular and made of brass. May have dug my first plate? After a bit of careful cleaning, my heart started pounding. Could this actually be what I think it is...holy **** its a Charleston Slave TAG! 1837 Servant #573. For me there are no words to express how it feels holding such a piece of history. The stories this discarded object could tell- stories which would have been lost after the site is covered in concrete.

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    Among the other digs was a curious pewter spoon with an unknown benchmark, flat buttons, round balls, and a tiny pewter heart. Any ID help with the spoon is great appreciated.

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    Certainly a night I will never forget- Rev War Regimental and a Charleston Slave tag at one site. This is why we spend the hours we do digging and swinging. As always, thanks for looking and get out there and save the next piece of history.

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    Update- After 48 hours in oil and a light brushing I am happy with the balance of patina and corrosion...after all its been in the ground for 179 years . Thanks to everyone for the kind words and for giving this history the attention it deserves.

    After a bit of research I have been able to confirm the tag was manufactured by Charleston silversmith William M. Rouse. He apprenticed until 1834 as a silversmith under John Ewan and subsequently went into business for himself. In 1836 he was awarded the city contract for manufacturing tags. Rouse's tags are unique in that he used a series of small dots around the stamped occupations on his badges from the 1830s. He continued making badges until 1840, size though growing increasingly smaller due to the increased cost of materials or diminishing profit margins. In 1837 he manufactured 3722 tags for a total contract of $8,141. Unfortunately the trail goes cold regarding the poor soul who wore the tag. All records were lost after the Civil War-

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    Last edited by VMI Digger; Feb 19, 2016 at 10:22 PM. Reason: Research Update
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  2. #2
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    Wow, those slave tags are rare VMI, awesome score. My banner vote is in.
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  3. #3

    Jan 2016
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    Glad you caught that Grey Tail home yesterday! Congrats man! Oh yeah Banner En Route!
    Last edited by Stef45; Feb 17, 2016 at 09:04 PM.
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    Congrats on the Super finds
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  5. #5
    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    Wow, those slave tags are rare VMI, awesome score. My banner vote is in.
    Thanks Loco, hard to believe the Regimental Pewter was only a few feet from the tag. Just have to get the coil over the target
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  6. #6
    Great Digs brother. Banner all the way.Man I wish I had a place to hunt like that. What did you call this location?

  7. #7
    us
    Feb 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerbdad View Post
    Great Digs brother. Banner all the way.Man I wish I had a place to hunt like that. What did you call this location?
    Thanks bud, keep hitting it- there's bound to be a few more surprises in that dirt.
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    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

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    Congrats. Nice variety of finds, especially the slave tag. My BANNER vote is in, this is something not dug often.

  9. #9
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    Awesome find! Banner vote in.

  10. #10
    us
    Feb 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramjet2187 View Post
    Awesome find! Banner vote in.
    Thanks for the comments Mike and ram- this has been on my bucket list for a long time.
    2018 Best Coins

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    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1805, 1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820 Patriotic cockade button
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckle pair
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button
    -General service eagles

  11. #11
    us
    Mar 2009
    UpCountry, SC
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    That site has been good to all of you! Great stuff and really like the 67th.
    VMI Digger and DirtStalker like this.

  12. #12
    An epic hunt for sure Jon. Its amazing that as much as the site has been hunted that the slave tag hadn't already been found.
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  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmetto View Post
    That site has been good to all of you! Great stuff and really like the 67th.
    Thanks Palmetto, like I mentioned in previous posts, my passion is early military buttons. Wish there was a bit more on the role the 67th played in Charleston during the war. The research should keep me busy for some time
    2018 Best Coins

    -1721 Rosa Americana
    -1727-1760 KGII
    -1781 1 Real
    -1783 Nova Constellatio
    -1786 1/2 Real
    -1797 1 Real
    -1805, 1816 Large Cent
    -1859, 1888 IHP
    -1867 Shield Nickle

    Oldest Coin To Date: 1607 Philip III 1/2 Real Cob

    2018 Best Relics

    -82nd Regiment of Foot
    -1812 Rifleman Regiment
    -1819 Navy officer button
    -1820 Patriotic cockade button
    -1660-1720 buckle
    -1500-1650 strap buckle pair
    -Pewter pipe fragment
    -SC militia button
    -General service eagles

  14. #14
    ca
    Oct 2009
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    Nice looking tag!
    A real winner!
    Nice to see the button too, takes you back to some early times!
    ...if you think I'm a pain in the neck, it's lower, lower,little bit lower, too low, higher, there ya go.....

  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2015
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    Amazing saves from the patch! It was nice to hunt with you VMI, so glad to see that history saved. Banner all the way!!!
    VMI Digger likes this.

 

 
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